The men’s lacrosse team is enjoying an extremely successful season. From being ranked first in the nation in scoring offence and sixth on the latest USILA Coaches Poll to a milestone career win for Coach Gene Peluso to individual player successes, there is a lot to be proud of on and off the field.
Senior Chris Laurita was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week for his performance last weekend in a home game against St. John Fisher College. The game was Stevens’ 12th-straight victory to start 2011 and pushed its conference record to 4-0. The Ducks have now scored 15 or more goals 10 times this season.
According to Laurita: “When it comes to offense, we’ve been literally killing it all year.”
Last weekend’s win was also significant for Head Coach Peluso, as it marked his 150th career win as a college coach. Coach Peluso said, “To reach this milestone and have this kind of record, you have to be part of good programs, and I am lucky that I have been in the past, and continue to be at Stevens.”
Further confirmation of this came this week when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its weekly statistical rankings. Stevens is currently No. 1 nationally in scoring offense, averaging 18.58 goals per game and win percentage (1.00). The Ducks and their 27.92 points per contest is second in the nation, while their average margin of victory (11.75) is third. Stevens’ 9.33 assists per game is fifth in the nation, while their man-up offense is seventh with a conversion rate of 44.2 percent. The Ducks’ “D” is 21st in the nation, allowing a stingy 6.83 goals per game to round out ranks in the top-25.
Individually, Stevens players can also be found amongst the national leaders. Senior Brandon Faubertchecks in at No. 10 in goals per game at 3.58 and Laurita is 47th, averaging 2.67. Faubert (4.75) and Laurita (4.17) are 16th and 33rd in points per game, while junior Kevin Rose is 23rd in assists per game (2.08). Junior midfielder Michael Steinhauseris winning 63.7 percent of his face-offs which is 18th nationally and his 6.73 ground balls per game is 27th. Junior goalkeeper Eric Yandois 26th in goals-against average (6.92) and 29th in save percentage (.612).
“The senior class has been together for four years, we are a core group and have formed a bond that really helps us on the field,” stated senior co-captain Jacob Messimer after the win over St. John Fisher College. “This sense of family cascades down to all the team members and that’s what is getting it done out there.”
Not to be outdone, the women’s lacrosse team is also currently ranked in the top ten nationally